Whether you’re brand new to the WordPress platform and want to learn as much as possible, or you’re a long-time user looking to stay abreast of the latest trends and updates, keeping your eye on the latest WordPress.org related news from around the globe can be a really helpful component of your WordPress experience.
You can find tons of WordPress news, updates, tutorials and hints here on WP Themes, but there are literally thousands of pieces of WordPress related news and content created every day on the web. Naturally, the idea of sifting through all if it can be a bit daunting – even for the most enamoured WordPress enthusiast – but if you’re determined to stay informed, there are a number of quick and easy ways to get your daily news fix.
Here are some of my top picks for staying up to date on the most relevant and interesting WordPress.org news.
Check out WordPress News for official updates on WordPress releases, developments, events, testing, community and much more. The latest news from WordPress News includes:
- Information about WordPress 3.6 Beta 2
- An overview of two WordPress-associated internship programmes
- An announcement about official merchandise for WordPress’ 10th anniversary
WordPress Planet is a cleverly curated aggregation of blogs talking about WordPress around the world. Although the news featured here isn’t officially from WordPress, blogs featured have had to go through a submission and acceptance process to be deemed worthy of appearing. The latest news from WordPress Planet includes:
- A selection of video links from WordPress.tv
- A commentary on the WordPress 10th anniversary blogging project
- Information about a full page caching plugin for WordPress, WP Super Cache
Search with Google News
Searching for WordPress.org updates with Google News is a great option for finding relevant, timely news stories in a hurry. You also have the option of customising your search results if you’re looking for local (as opposed to international) news, if you only want to view the top stories, or if you would prefer to view news from particular sources. The latest news delivered via a Google News search for WordPress.org includes:
- An update from TechCrunch about the April hacking issues
- The discovery of a malicious WP plugin, reported by eSecurity Planet
- An announcement of the best blog host, from DigitalJournal.com
If you’d rather set-and-forget an alert on certain keywords so you have your WordPress.org news delivered directly to your inbox, Google Alerts is a great option. Alerts are easy to set up – all you need to do is include your search query (keywords on the kinds of news you want to receive – ie, “WordPress.org”), select sources, including news stories and blog posts, choose your preferred alert frequency, and direct them to your email address.
Bing is Microsoft’s search engine and Google’s biggest rival, and though the principle of searching Bing News for updates is the same, the results between the two web goliaths can differ greatly. The latest news delivered via a Bing News search for WordPress.org includes:
- The launch of a new theme for hotel owners, via TechCrunch
- A hacker-themed cautionary tale for small businesses, from The Huffington Post
- Updates on the WP botnet attack, on NBC News
Whether you have your own twitter account or not, following the tweets of WordPress’ official account is a great sources of relevant news. If you are on Twitter, follow @WordPress. If you don’t have your own account, simply bookmark @WordPress’ feed – you’ll still be able to access all of the updates and links.
The latest news via Twitter includes:
- A link to the WordPress 3.5.1 maintenance and security release
- An ultimate guide, from Drupal to WordPress
- An instructional post on automatically tagging WP posts to save time
WordPress Groups on LinkedIn
Join one of the WordPress groups on LinkedIn, such as WordPress, the official group owned by Matt Mullenweg. Share news and information with more than 29,000 members, and join discussions on news and updates with likeminded professionals.
What’s your favourite source of WordPress.org news and updates? Share them here in the comments section.